Ithna Ashariyyah hold that there are 12 Imams with the 12th being in Ghayba. Well what does he do while in Ghayba?
And what is the purpose of him being there? Any danger he might have faced is long past. There are several Shia majority countries now. Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Bahrain and I see no reason why he should be in danger if he appeared.
Also While in Ghayba he cannot announce jihad, mediate disputes between Marjas, clarify Qur'an or govern the Ummah. So isn't having an Imam in Ghayba roughly the same as not even having one?
What does he do for 1,100 years in Ghayba?
(PLEASE do NOT take my question disrespect. I LOVE my 12er Brethren and I go to a 12er masjid. But not much English is spoken there so I am asking here)
All answers will be appreciated